Hysteroscopy – A Safe Diagnostic & Treatment Technique

January 28, 2021 by Anurag Srivastava0

What is Hysteroscopy ?

Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a thin telescope is inserted inside the uterus through the cervix to examine the uterine lining for any pathology .It is a  very safe and simple procedure, used for  Diagnostic as well as therapeutic purpose. When it is used for diagnosis it is called Diagnostic Hysteroscopy and when used for therapeutic or treatment purpose it is know as Operative Hysteroscopy.

What is Diagnostic Hysteroscopy ?

It is usually conducted on a day-care basis with either general or local anesthesia and takes about ten minutes to perform. However, now it can also be done in OPD  as well without Anaesthesia which is also called Office Hysteroscopy.

The first step of hysteroscopy involves cervical dilatation – stretching and opening the canal of the cervix with a series of dilators. Then the hysteroscope, a narrow lighted telescope, is passed through the cervix and into the lower end of the uterus. The doctor systematically examines the lining of the cervical canal, the lining of the uterine cavity, and looks for the internal openings of the fallopian tubes where they enter the uterine cavity, called the tubal ostia.

If required, hysteroscopy guided biopsy and curettage (a surgical scraping of the inside of the uterine cavity) is performed after the hysteroscopy and endometrial tissue is sent for pathological examination.

Many conditions  that can be diagnosed on Hyteroscopy are Submucous Fibroids , Uterine  polyps, Adhesions or scarring of uterus, Uterine septum or other Congenital malformations, Misplaced Copper T, Tubal ( ostia ) blockage etc. In almost all cases of IVF, Diagnostic Hysteroscopy is  needed to evaluate the  Uterine Cavity and check the patency of tubes.

What is Operative Hysteroscopy ?

It can treat many of the abnormalities found during diagnostic hysteroscopy at the time of diagnosis. The procedure is very similar to diagnostic hysteroscopy except that operating instruments can be placed into the uterine cavity through a channel in the operative hysteroscope.

Opertiave Hysteroscopy helps to remove uterine polys , helps in resecting  the adhesions / scarring of the uterine lining. Misplaced Copper T can be removed easily. Large Submucous Fibroids can be resected safely as a day care procedure without any incision by Operative Hysteroscopy. Endometrial ablation hysteroscopically helps to treat Endometrial Hyperplasia in many women  with Abnormal Uterine Bleeding . Infertility caused because of  tubal/ostia blockage can  be treated by passing stents during hysteroscopy.

When do you require Hysteroscopy ?

You may need to undergo Hysteroscopy if you are suffering from abnormal Uterine bleeding , post-menopusal  bleeding or not having periods for a prolonged time after an abortion. In case of  recurrent abortions,  infertility or misplaced copper T, you may need to  undergo  Hysteroscopy.

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Dr Amita Shah is a leading gynaecologist in Gurgaon with vast experience in treating all major and minor female problems. She is currently heading the Obs & Gynae department at Apollo Cradle and Miracles Mediclinic Gurgaon. For more information or appointment with Dr Amita Shah please call +91-8800188335 or email to info@amitashah.com

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